MM2H visa holders hoping for clear directions


MY wife and I are Australian citizens who have been residing in Malaysia for the past seven years under the MM2H (Malaysia My Second Home) visa.

Malaysia is home to us. It embraced us warmly, and we love the country and it’s people too. However, we have been exiled from Malaysia for many months now due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We haven’t been able to return due to restrictions on returnees and a lack of flights.

I read the announcement by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on June 7 clarifying that Malaysian citizens returning home can quarantine at home for 14 days if they test negative for Covid-19 (online at bit.ly/star_abroad). Clearly, Malaysia is easing restrictions based on improved factors on the ground. That’s a hopeful development for us.

However, there’s no announcement about MM2H visa holders returning home to Malaysia. Logically, we pose exactly the same risk level as Malaysian citizens returning home from overseas. Hence, logically, returning MM2H residents should also be treated similarly and allowed to quarantine at home.

As a group, MM2H holders tend to be law-abiding and, as such, we will fully comply with home quarantine stipulations.

A significant cause for concern arises from the mixed reports we’ve received from people who have undergone mandatory quarantine in hotels. Even after bearing the full cost of the quarantine, by many reports, the food provided and living conditions have been below par, which could potentially have adverse effects on the health of people in quarantine. We also appreciate the fact that it is difficult for the government to monitor and regulate this on a day-to-day, continuous basis.

Allowing home quarantine for MM2H visa holders would solve these problems – for the government, as well as for returning MM2H residents. It would be a win-win for both!

We eagerly look forward to a clear and detailed announcement about MM2H returnees very soon.

We’ve opted to call Malaysia home and we love it there. But we’ve been forced to live in exile for months now. As we await international flights to somewhat normalise, we look forward to the Malaysian government doing the right thing by its MM2H family, just as it has done for its citizens.

We’re optimistic and look forward to being invited back to Malaysia, with a home quarantine stipulation, and resuming our life there as soon as possible.

PETE BEST

Hyderabad, India

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